Gus Poyet paid tribute to the spirit of his Sunderland players after they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Southampton.
The Black Cats struggled to get to grips with their opponents in the early stages and trailed 2-0 to goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren.
However, Fabio Borini quickly pulled one back for Sunderland and Adam Johnson kept up his fine form to fire in the equaliser after 71 minutes.
The result was not good enough to lift Sunderland out of the relegation zone, but Poyet was proud of his side's fightback.
"I think that [the attitude of the players] is the most important thing and we need to be positive," Poyet said on the club's official website.
"We've got back in the game and got a point in a very difficult competition.
"During the game, we couldn't cope with them for half an hour but then we gave a good 60 minutes; going forward, pressing, trying to score, the disallowed goal, then we scored again and kept going.
"We were willing for the win so let's give credit to the players."
One of the main positives for Sunderland in recent weeks has been the threat they have carried in front of goal, with Borini and Johnson both earning praise from their boss.
"It's always great to see the offensive players scoring, and Fabio did it at the right time," Poyet added.
"Johnno is in that unbelievable run of goals so let's hope we can keep them both fit to play the next few games.
"[I said to Adam], I didn't know you had that power in your right foot, he saw that opportunity and he really hit it very, very nicely - it was impossible for the keeper to handle it."